Friday, July 27, 2012

Watch the Company you Keep

So, unsurprisingly really, negotiations over the small arms treaty failed in the UN. I have no real interest in discussing the issues at length, but it is notable who we happen to be siding with here. Aside from Syria, Iran, and North Korea in the recent discussion, in the earlier debate over the bill "24 countries abstained: Bahrain, Belarus, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Laos, Libya, Marshall Islands, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, UAE, Venezuela, Yemen, and Zimbabwe. The United States of America voted against the resolution. (was feeling lazy, wikipedia, sorry)"

I would just like to point out how often anti-internationalists point towards guilt by association types of arguments. It would be very, very hard to keep worse company than this. Perhaps this is something to reflect on.

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